City police chief inaugurates Cyber Crime Investigation Cell

A Cyber Crime Investigation Cell was inaugurated by Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao at the Two Town Police Station here on Saturday. Speaking to the media after the inauguration, Mr. Purnachandra Rao said that the Cyber Cell was functioning from the premises of the Central Crime Station (CCS) during the last couple of years. He, however, said that the proposal for setting up of a full-fledged Cyber Crime Police Station was still under consideration.

He recalled how an Intermediate student had lost Rs.1 lakh in an online fraud conducted in the name of a ‘friendship club’ about two years ago.

The boy had taken the money from his home without the knowledge of his parents and put it in the online account in phases. He finally came to know that he was cheated by the online operator and unable to show his face to his parents, took the extreme step.

The operators of the club were finally traced in Delhi by the Cyber Crime police.

The ‘Saukaryam’ fraud in which funds to the tune of 1.60 crores were embezzled by the staff of the City Civic Centre by manipulating the data was detected the Cyber Crime Police, said the Commissioner of Police.

Threats through e-mails, threats and indecent calls on cell phones and ATM frauds were also detected.

Mr. Purnachandra Rao attributed the growing number of cyber crime cases to increased awareness among the public and increasing use of electronic devices.

Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police Atchuta Rao (administration), Mohd. Khan (crime) and V. Suresh Babu (Traffic), Assistant Commissioners of Police S. Venkata Rao (East), Ch. Adinarayana (Special Branch), Cyber Crime Inspector S. Lakshmana Murthy and Two Town Inspector T. Mohan Rao were among those who participated in the programme.

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